August, 2017

Introducing NextView III and Our Focus on the Everyday Economy

View from Seed

What will the future hold? It’s a question every VC asks themselves and the entrepreneurs they invest in. Some conclude that certain sectors or technologies — like AI, blockchain, VR — will define the next decade.

Why Meritocracy Doesn’t Work

Grasshopper Herder

The anti-diversity manifesto written by a mystery Googler has put a spotlight on diversity efforts in the tech industry. Anti-diversity proponents say that meritocracy justifies the lack of diversity in tech. But the real question is: Does meritocracy work?

Effective Networking

Feld Thoughts

Adam Grant has a superb essay in the New York Times this weekend titled Networking is Overrated. I enjoy Adam’s writing immensely (his book Give and Take is a huge inspiration for my upcoming book #GiveFirst). Early in the essay, he has a strong lead in. “It’s true that networking can help you accomplish great things. But this obscures the opposite truth: Accomplishing great things helps you develop a network.” ” He finishes the essay with a great punch line.

How Artificial Intelligence Can Help Your Business

YoungUpstarts

Artificial intelligence is increasingly making inroads into different areas of our lives. Many of the current and proposed uses for artificial intelligence are things that only a short time ago would have sounded right at home in speculative science fiction.

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A more realistic, less alarmist Oxford study on automation and jobs

deal architect

In my book, Silicon Collar and in several blogs I have critiqued the 2013 study by two Oxford researchers which reached this alarmist conclusion about the impact of modern day machines on jobs: “According to our estimates, about 47% of. Industry Commentary Silicon Collar

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5 Principles For Working With Someone You Don’t Like

Startup Professionals Musings

One thing is certain in any business – not everyone you have to deal with will be like you, or will like you (and vice versa). These people may include one of your business partners, an investor, a key vendor, or even one of your best customers.

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Home Is Where the Innovation Is

View from Seed

If a man from 1987 stepped into a time machine and emerged in 2017, he would find the modern world fantastically different in many ways. Mobile computing means that he has the world’s information and entertainment at his literal fingertips.

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Saying No 100 Times A Day

Feld Thoughts

Given my role in the world, I say no a lot. I get hundreds of unsolicited emails a day, often asking me to get together, invest, or look at something. Lots of VCs and execs who I know simply ignore and don’t respond to these emails. I’ve always tried to at least respond to them unless they are clearly a mass email.

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Student Startups: How To Launch Your Business While In College

YoungUpstarts

When we look at successful startups we often focus on how the company has been successful with their end products or services but we often ignore what the founders went through and did to be successful.

I hate MVPs. So do your customers. Make it SLC instead.

A Smart Bear: Startups and Marketing for Geeks

Product teams have been repeating the MVP (Minimum Viable Product) mantra for a decade now, without re-evaluating whether it’s the right way to maximize learning while pleasing the customer. Well, it’s not the best system. It’s selfish and it hurts customers.

8 Principles For Keeping Customers With You For Life

Startup Professionals Musings

Most businesses spend big money testing their brand logo, catchy marketing phrases, and demographics, but spend little time training and validating that their employees can and do deliver memorable experiences to their customers.

Oracle Cloud Apps 13: A pivot point?

deal architect

Oracle Cloud Applications Release 13 – its bi-annual cloud applications release – announced this week solidifies the company’s position as the industry’s broadest suite – across ERP, HCM, CRM and SCM domains. Oracle has been at work on this for. Enterprise Software (IBM, Microsoft, Oracle, SAP

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Working Outside the Tech Bubble

Steve Blank

Annual note to self – most of the world exists outside the tech bubble. —– We have a summer home in New England in a semi-rural area, just ~10,000 people in town, with a potato farm across the street. Drive down the road and you can see the tall stalks of corn waving on other farms. Most people aren’t in tech or law or teaching in universities; they fall solidly in what is called working-class.

It Can All Change In A Day

Feld Thoughts

On July 28th, my partner Jason told me that Matt Bencke, the co-founder and CEO of Mighty AI , had suddenly gotten a serious cancer diagnosis. While Jason was on Matt’s board, I had spent plenty of time with him and, as one would expect, was shocked. I immediately sent Matt a note that said: I will keep confidential, but I wanted to send you love and good karma. You are a special person. I’ll be thinking good thoughts and sending you positive energy multiple times a day.

The #1 Mistake That Entrepreneurs Continue To Make And How To Avoid It

YoungUpstarts

by Bryan Miles, CEO and co-founder of BELAY. Entrepreneurs are an interesting bunch.

What Do Boards Actually Do?

Both Sides of the Table

There’s a lot of mystique about what happens at board meetings and a lot of imagined board-room drama. I read commentary or Twitter or blogs and realize that there are also strongly held convictions that there are these evil VCs who do terrible things to mostly altruistic founders.

6 Keys to Marketing Customer Experience vs Products

Startup Professionals Musings

Not so long ago, every business assumed that the keys to success were the highest quality product, the best value for the buck, and the best customer service. Now all we hear about is providing the best “customer experience.”

Living the Dreamforce

deal architect

Salesforce has the honor of becoming “the first enterprise cloud software company to break the $10 billion revenue run rate" Amazingly, just a short 8 years ago I was blogging about its “second billion”. They have gone from strength to. Cloud Computing, SaaS

What Belongs in a Startup’s Pitch Deck?

Gust

So you’ve developed a game-changing product, formed a business with a killer team, quit your job, and are rolling the product out to market. Your business is the next unicorn, and all is good in the world. Fantastic. Now only one thing is inhibiting your company’s growth: you have no money. For many founders of high-growth startups, bootstrapping has limits. Read more >. The post What Belongs in a Startup’s Pitch Deck? appeared first on The Gust Blog.

All Human Beings Have Equal Value

Feld Thoughts

Arnold Schwarzenegger says it brilliantly. The post All Human Beings Have Equal Value appeared first on Feld Thoughts. Government equal rights hate human

Seven Tips To Become A Successful Business Owner

YoungUpstarts

by Ron Ben-Zeev, CEO and President of World Housing Solution Inc. Starting a business can be a scary and daunting task, making it hard for those starting out to know if they have made the right decision. While it is challenging, it can also have amazing rewards.

11 Quick Tips to Get More Value out of Your Board

Both Sides of the Table

Many board meetings are bored meetings. Management teams whisk through slides trying to get through a presentation to share how great things are going and they are eager to get through the meeting so they can get back to their real jobs.

10 Principles For Surviving New Business Challenges

Startup Professionals Musings

As the economy flourishes after some tough economic times, more and more people seem to be turning to entrepreneurship as an alternative to traditional employment. I applaud this trend, but caution all of you thinking this direction to approach entrepreneurship with your eyes wide open.

The New Polymaththe seven year itch

deal architect

John Wiley released The New Polymath seven summers ago. Lots of readers tell me it is my best book. It inspired them as executives to build multi-disciplinary teams and multi-faceted products. Modern and ancient polymaths I described have inspired other. Industry Commentary

You adapt, or you adopt, or you die

Steve Blank

I was in Boston and stopped by the Harvard Business Review for their IdeaCast podcast. I shared my current thinking about innovation in companies and government agencies. The interviewer, Curt Nickisch was great and managed to get me to summarize several years of learning in one podcast. He even got me to tell my Steve Jobs interview story. It’s worth a listen. Listen to the entire interview here : Or listen to just parts of the interview: 3:29 Entrepreneurs make their own luck.

People Are The Price of Admission

Feld Thoughts

In my post recently titled Does VC Fund Differentiation Matter? several people commented on some variation of “people” as the key to everything. I don’t view people as differentiation. I view them as the price of admission. Amy just walked by, read this over my shoulder, and said: “I don’t know what that means.”

A Short, But Important, Checklist Of Startup Business Wisdom

YoungUpstarts

by Les Trachtman, author of “ Don’t F**k It Up: How Founders and Their Successors Can Avoid the Clichés That Inhibit Growth “ Money. There is lots of it available in the market. VCs and PEs have more capital than they are capable of managing well.

Finding My Tribe — The Upside of the Downcast Year

Both Sides of the Table

It’s been a tough year globally. Many feel the division in our families and societies. It has been heart-breaking to see progress reversed and social & racial tensions exacerbated unnecessarily.

5 Reasons Every Smart Business Owner Seeks A Mentor

Startup Professionals Musings

Advice is cheap. As a new business owner, you don’t have to take any advice you hear, but failing to listen and learn from someone’s prior experience can cost you a fortune. As a long-time mentor and business advisor, I find it ironic that many look only to friends for advice.

Infosys in a world of Amazon, Workday and Foxconn

deal architect

Vishal Sikka has resigned as CEO of Infosys. In a blog post he says “It is clear to me that despite our successes over the last three years, and the powerful seeds of innovation that we have sown, I cannot. Offshoring (TCS, Infosys, Wipro, Cognizant

How to Write a Mission Statement in 5 Easy Steps

Up and Running

I’ve had a 30-year love-hate relationship with mission statements. I’ve read thousands. I love it when a mission statement defines a business so well that it feels like strategy —which does happen—and I hate it when a mission statement is generic, stale, and completely useless.

The Link Between Infinite Computing and Machine Learning

Feld Thoughts

At the Formlabs Digital Factory event in June, Carl Bass used the phrase Infinite Computing in his keynote. I’d heard it before, but I liked it in this context and it finally sparked a set of thoughts which felt worthy of a rant. For 50 years, computer scientists have been talking about AI. However, in the past few years, a remarkable acceleration of a subset of AI (or a superset, depending on your point of view) now called machine learning has taken over as the hot new thing.

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LLC vs. S Corp: What’s The Best Setup For Your Startup?

YoungUpstarts

by Tricia Hussung. Entrepreneurship enables business professionals to work on their own terms and create impactful, solution-based products and services. However, entrepreneurs face many decisions that can determine whether or not their business is sustainable in the long term.

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How To Run A Business, Raise A Child (And Stay Sane)

YFS Magazine

Raising a child and building a business reminds me that I’m fortunate enough to be involved in shaping more than one miracle. Lifestyle dadpreneur family business health and wellness lifestyle parent entrepreneurs parentpreneurs

10 Key Business Domains With ‘Big Data’ Opportunities

Startup Professionals Musings

Even though ‘big data’ has now been around for several years, the opportunities for startups seem to keep growing, just as the amount of data keeps growing. According to IBM , companies have captured more data in the last two years than in the previous 2000 years.

Going to SuccessConnect

deal architect

I feel the excitement and the nervousness of a freshman about to go to college and a rookie about to go to training camp. I am going to my first ever SuccessConnect next week! One of the most popular strategies. Enterprise Software (IBM, Microsoft, Oracle, SAP

8 Reasons Business Plans Fail That No One Wants to Talk About

Up and Running

As a full-time editor and academic mentor at an academic writing service, I have read hundreds of business plans over the years. To help students and startups, I have compiled a list of reasons business plans are rejected or given a low grade.